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High Maintenance

High Maintenance

  • Premiered: 
    September 16, 2016
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2012 web series (High Maintenance) by Ben Sinclair & Katja Blichfeld 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: drugs (marijuana)

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Plot Synopsis

Based on the short-form web series created by husband-and-wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfed, HIGH MAINTENANCE is a half-hour comedy series that explores the private lives of eccentric New Yorkers through a common thread: their weed deliveryman. Sinclair stars as The Guy, whose client base includes a group of characters with neuroses as diverse as the city. Each episode features multiple stories exploring the inner workings of people from all walks of life, told fly-on-the-wall style, revealing a city full of strangers united by the perennial pursuit of life's greatest highs. In the series premiere, "Meth(od)," The Guy makes an uncomfortable delivery to a macho client and his taciturn friend. Best friends Max (guest star Max Jenkins) and Lainey's (guest star Helene Yorke) codependent relationship begins to wane after Max accidentally stumbles upon a new group of friends. In order to stay part of this group, Max must maintain a charade, while keeping Lainey's suspicions at bay. Other guest stars in Season 1 include Lee Tergesen, Amy Ryan, Ryan Woodle, Yael Stone, Kristen Hung, Clem Cheung, Stephen Lin, Peter Friedman, Bridgit Moloney, Paul Thureen, Ismenia Mendes, Greta Lee, Michael Cyril Creighton, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and more. On 4/20, HBO announced that it ordered six episodes of HIGH MAINTENANCE for its linear premiere later in 2016, with the entire first season written and directed by Blichfeld and Sinclair.

Season 2 of HIGH MAINTENANCE premiered on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11pm ET/PT on HBO, as Ben Sinclair returned as The Guy, a bearded, pot-dealing deliveryman whose growing clientele is keeping him busier than ever. In the season opener, "Globo," the Guy has a busier-than-usual day as New Yorkers react to world-changing news. The morning after a hookup, carefree hotel guests spend an indulgent day, unaware of what's going on outside their door. With the world around him in disarray, a client's roommate (Joshua Schubart) struggles to maintain his commitment to losing weight. New guest stars this season include Danielle Brooks, John Gallagher Jr., Jessica Hecht, Luzer Twersky and Kate Lyn Sheil, with Abdullah Saeed and Yael Stone returning.

The third season of HIGH MAINTENANCE premiered on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 10:30pm ET/PT on HBO. This season profiles everyday people whose stories of success, failure, love and loss intersect across New York, while delving deeper into personal life of The Guy, who is spending less time on his iconic bicycle and more time in "Steve RV," a set of wheels gifted to him last season. Featuring an intricate web of memorable returning characters and unforgettable new faces, the new episodes find New Yorkers exploring their relationship with the city, touching on such themes as death, parenthood, sexuality, fantasy, aging and more. In the season opener, "M.A.S.H." (written and directed by series creator Katja Blichfeld), The Guy gets upsetting news while spending time away from the city in his RV, but makes an intriguing new connection. Cori (guest star Erin Markey), meanwhile, tries to adjust to a new reality without her friend. Returning guest stars for Season 3 include: Amy Ryan, Gary Richardson, Arthur Meyer, Jen Harris, Micah Sherman and Abdullah Saeed. New guest stars the third season include: Jemima Kirke, Margaret Cho, Guillermo Diaz, Rosie Perez, Kathleen Chalfant, Ken Leung and Annie Golden.
On Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 10:30pm ET/PT, HBO premiered "Proxy," the Season 3 finale of HIGH MAINTENANCE, written and directed by Ben Sinclair. Leonard (guest star Reed Birney), an acting teacher, contemplates moving back to New York. The Guy connects with old high-school friends Sarah (guest star Cassie Beck) and Brian (guest star John McKeever), who are visiting the city under difficult circumstances.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Janky Clown Productions